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Early Childhood Inclusive, BA

Bachelor of Arts

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $240.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $364.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Early Childhood Inclusive program is designed for in-service teachers, assistants in preschools, staff in HeadStart programs, and other non-traditional students who are unable to attend regular face-to-face classes at a university. Students pursuing early childhood certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements. This online program offers two options. The option you choose will depend on your prior education and career goals:

  • ECI BA degree – Students with an ECI BA degree will have the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Inclusive Teaching Endorsement (Birth through 3rd grade) while working in early childhood-related places of employment. This early childhood degree prepares graduates to teach children ages 0-5 in special education settings and ages 0-8 in regular education settings. This is a degree completion program, which assumes that students will complete most of their general studies courses at a community college prior to transferring to UNK. A program review will examine the courses already completed toward the bachelor's degree and will determine how many of the program’s hours will be needed for completion.
  • ECI Initial Certification – Graduates with an ECI Initial Certification will be prepared to teach children ages 0-5 in special education settings and ages 0-8 in regular education settings. This online early childhood program is offered in lieu of a traditional Bachelor’s degree. A program review will examine the courses already completed toward the Initial Certification program and will determine how many of the program’s hours will be needed for completion.

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed coursework

    Must have completed general studies courses prior to transferring to UNK. Request information or call to speak to an adviser about transfer credit or meeting these prerequisites.

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY and NC, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 100Teaching in a Democratic Society3

Course Number: TE 100

Prereq: none  The first course for all teacher education majors. The key course themes are democracy, diversity, and technology. Current educational issues will be explored. The course includes a field experience in K-12 school sites and, also, includes a community service learning component. Concurrent enrollment in a matched section of PSCI 110GS is encouraged.

TE 204Typical and Atypical Growth and Development4

Course Number: TE 204

Prereq: sophomore standing or above.  This course is one of the two required for Level II education majors. Students will become aware of human growth/development and exceptionalities. As students explore these areas, they will also be made aware of the necessity to adapt to the changes brought to the classroom via diversity. Students will be involved in K-12 field experiences that will provide them opportunities to observe student development, exceptionalities, and diversity.

TE 206Instructional Technology and the Preservice Teacher3

Course Number: TE 206

Prereq: none  This course will introduce preservice teachers to a variety of technologies and strategies for their use in the instructional process to accommodate diverse students. Preservice teachers will comprehend and model ethical and democratic principles of instructional technology integration in their classrooms. One course requirement is a P-12 school-based project.

TE 318Management and Assessment in Preschool and Elementary Classrooms2

Course Number: TE 318

Prereq or Coreq: TE 204  This course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of effectively managing the classroom and assessing student progress. The course emphasizes: planning, preparing, establishing routines, monitoring and managing student behavior, aligning standards-based assessments, determining assessment alternatives, and interpreting assessment results.

TE 400Student Teaching14 or 17

Course Number: TE 400

Prereq: admission to student teaching.  Student teaching is the capstone experience in the teacher education process and is the culminating course for all endorsement programs. During student teaching, teacher education students spend a minimum of 16 weeks in an approved PreK-12 school, to observe, participate and teach under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

TE 411Inclusive Practices for Students with Exceptionalities in Pre K-8 Classrooms3

Course Number: TE 411

Prereq: TE 311*, admission to Teacher Education.  The course addresses the instructional needs of students with exceptionalities and giftedness in integrated settings. Special education referral process, Rule 51, Rule 3, Section 504, analysis of instruction/environment and its impact on learning, assignment/assessment modification, behavioral issues, and evaluation of student learning will be emphasized. * This course is the immediate prerequisite. Other preparation is required prior to this immediate prerequisite.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $240.00
  • Fees: $47.25
  • Total: $287.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $720.00
  • Fees: $141.75
  • Total: $861.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $364.00
  • Fees: $47.25
  • Total: $411.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1092.00
  • Fees: $141.75
  • Total: $1233.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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